BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is backing Ademola Lookman to bounce back from his botched penalty at West Ham United.
The on-loan RB Leipzig man horribly executed a Panenka-style spot-kick in Saturday’s 1-0 loss in east London which would have salvaged a point for the Whites.
Mitrovic, who missed a penalty against Sheffield United, has confirmed he is back as the nominated taker.
The Serbian international said: “He [Lookman] is really good with penalties but sometimes you have to do something to learn from it.
“He will learn the hard way – but it’s happened and it’s football. If he had scored then everybody would say: ‘What an unbelievable goal – to have the courage to do this in the last minute’.
“He should not do this, when you watch back now. He will be a big player for us this season. I’m so confident in him and I believe in him.
“I tried it [a Panenka] for the national team and I missed as well. Ade is a great guy and a great player – I’m sure he knows that he made a mistake.”
Lookman posted an apology on social media.
He said: “I take full responsibility and onus for it. To my team-mates, manager and the supporters I vow to put the next one in. I will not let one failure hold me back.”
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